Be Rational and Compassionate When Discussing the Pandemic
(Minghui.org) As Falun Dafa practitioners, we know the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus is targeting the CCP and their followers. But when discussing it with people, we should stay rational and compassionate, and avoid falling into the traps of human sentimentality. Otherwise we may not be able to explain things clearly or help people understand the truth.
There are two situations I noticed among practitioners in the U.S.
Comparing the Severity of the Pandemic Betwen Different Countries
The pandemic started in China and then spread to a few countries with close ties to the CCP. It was easy for us to explain the situation to people at the time.
Once the United States was hit and reported more and more infection cases and deaths, some practitioners became emotional and attempted to defend the U.S. Some even went so far as to suggest that reports of cases in the U.S. may be “fake news.” Such practitioners had long supported everything the U.S. did after electing its current president, who took a hard stance against the CCP.
In my opinion, this mentality reflects our competitiveness and the CCP’s culture of “struggle.”
Looking at the situation from the perspective of the Fa, the U.S. and other countries are still run by everyday people. A country’s actions may or may not be righteous, and its rationale may or may not be aligned with the Fa.
We as practitioners should rely on the Fa, not an everyday leader or any particular country. There had been many lessons in the past: when we became attached to an ordinary person or organization, things often turned out the opposite of what we expected.
As the pandemic keeps developing, we have learned that the attitude that a country, a locale, or an individual holds towards the CCP often influences their exposure and susceptibility to the virus.
However, as we don’t have a comprehensive view of all the factors that go into the issue, it’s best that we stay away from predicting or making absolute statements about a country’s pandemic situation.
Mentality of Showing Off
Another attachment I see when practitioners make bold statements about the pandemic is the mentality of showing off. Some practitioners talk about disasters and predict how many people will die after they hear prophecies or some practitioners' sharing of what they saw in other dimensions. This can mislead people to think that Falun Dafa practitioners want to see however many people die. This will not help us in clarifying the facts at all but instead deepens people’s misunderstandings about us.
“Some people are not qigong masters; they just gave themselves the title of qigong masters. If they can’t explain it clearly, they should just keep quiet. Yet they still dare to talk about it, so others will then try to shut them up. This has brought much damage to the community of cultivators and has caused great confusion. Some people use the opportunity to attack qigong.” (Lecture Two, “Transcending the Five Elements and the Three Realms,” Zhuan Falun, 2014 Translation)
“Besides, even if you really know the truth, as a practitioner you should maintain your xinxing and not casually unveil a heavenly secret to an everyday person. That is the principle.” (Lecture Six, “Your Mind Must Be Righteous,” Zhuan Falun, 2014 Translation)
Helping people to understand the truth of Dafa and the evilness of the CCP is an art. Some practitioners do that as if talking to a friend, making it easier for the intended audience to accept. Some do that as if lecturing others, and they end up alienating the other party.
Master taught us,
“If while among everyday people others consider you infatuated, they will not deal with you and will keep a distance from you. Nobody will provide you with opportunities to improve xinxing, and neither will they treat you as a normal person—I would say that this is not right!” (Lecture Eight, “The Attachment of Zealotry,” Zhuan Falun, 2014 Translation)
However the situation develops and changes, we should put our minds on the Fa, evaluate and understand the development based on the Fa, and follow what Master told us,
“No matter what happens, one must maintain good xinxing. Only through adhering to Dafa can one be truly right.” (Lecture Six, “The Mentality of Showing off,” Zhuan Falun, 2014 Translation)